Tiger Woods Shoots 69; Bo Van Pelt Flirts with 59 in Malaysia

Fred AltvaterContributor IIOctober 27, 2012

Tiger is five shots back at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia
Tiger is five shots back at the CIMB Classic in MalaysiaStanley Chou/Getty Images

Tiger Woods shot two-under-par 69 on Saturday at the CIMB Classic and fell five spots into a tie for 10th, five shots behind tournament leaders Robert Garrigus and Bo Van Pelt. With nine players between him and the leaders, Tiger will have to get some help and post something in the low 60s to have a chance for the win. 

Tiger has posted 66-67-69, which equals 11-under par for three rounds on the par-71 Mines Resort and Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  

His third round was a microcosm of exactly how he has played all year. After a flawless five birdies on the front nine, he posted a 30 and was among the lead at 14-under par for the tournament. He struggled on the back nine with two birdies, three bogeys and one double for an aggregate of three-over par 39. 

A bogey at No. 12 followed by a bounce-back birdie at No. 13 kept him at five-under par for his round.  Tiger found a green-side water hazard at No. 14, which resulted in his double-bogey. He got one back on the next hole, but a bogey at No. 16 followed by a three-putt bogey at No. 17 made for a roller coaster five holes and his 30-39-69 is just another indication of his unpredictable golf game.

Third round leader Robert Garrigus had six birdies in his third round but added four bogeys to shoot 69 and fall into a tie with Van Pelt for the lead at 16-under par.

Van Pelt, who won last week in Australia at the ISPS-Handa Perth International, had 11 birdies through 17 holes and just needed a par on No. 18 to be only the sixth player to ever post a 59 in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event. 

It wasn’t to be, however. He found a green-side bunker and took three shots to find the hole for a double-bogey at the last for a 62. His nine-under par round got him to 16-under par and moved him 11 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for first place heading into the final round.

Van Pelt is an excellent ball striker and is also rather long. The wet soft conditions at the Mines Golf Club helped him fire at the pins. His confidence is also running at an all-time high after his win last week in Oz.